GSA LAUNCHES BEST SEAFOOD PRACTICES CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME
GSA launches Best Seafood Practices certification programme. The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) on June 2 officially introduced Best Seafood Practices (BSP), the world’s only third-party certification programme capable of providing credible third-party assurances linking responsible wild-capture fisheries to Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS)-certified vessels and Seafood Processing Plant Standard (SPS)-certified facilities through the Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard.
BSP is the wild fisheries equivalent of the well established Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party aquaculture certification programme, and both BSP and BAP are housed under GSA. Currently, the BSP programme consists of RSVS, while the BAP programme encompasses seven sets of standards (BAP Farm Standard, BAP Salmon Farm Standard, BAP Mollusk Farm Standard, BAP Hatchery & Nursery Standard, BAP Feed Mill Standard and BAP Biosecurity Area Management Standard and BAP Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard). SPS applies to both the BSP and BAP programmes. GSA LAUNCHES BEST SEAFOOD PRACTICES CERTIFICATION
“We value our relationship with the Global Seafood Alliance and commend their continued commitment to expanding seafood certification programmes. The Best Seafood Practices programme can provide the third-party assurances that companies like US Foods can use to support ongoing responsibly sourced seafood programmes, and we look forward to exploring these opportunities,” said Jennifer Wandler, senior director of category management-seafood for US Foods.
A BSP landing page is now available with information on RFVS and SPS as well as contact information for those who want to learn more about or participate in the programme.